Fire safety in primary care premises

23 January 2012

As the time approaches in 2013 for general practices to register with the Care Quality Commission, and comply with the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2010, it is essential that they review their premises safety systems in good time to ensure compliance. This includes the vitally important area of fire safety. Martin Hodgson outlines the key requirements for fire safety in primary care and what primary care managers should do to ensure that they comply with the CQC standards when the time comes to register.

HMRC to review Business Records Checks process

23 January 2012

Opinion is divided in the profession over the news that HMRC is to review its Business Records Checks plan following widespread criticism from tax representatives, small business groups and MPs.

UK wholesaler gears up for Halloween

20 January 2012

Growing interest in Halloween in foreign markets is contributing towards a major UK fancy dress company’s aim to double its export sales over the next five years. Sue Fenton reports.

HS2: Do the figures add up?

20 January 2012

The government’s plan to build a high speed rail network may be based on guesswork, but that never stopped the Victorians, says Christian Wolmar

Understanding and using business acronyms

20 January 2012

Language is used to convey instructions, meaning, ideas and more — so why don’t people talk clearly at all times: why do they lapse into “speaking shorthand” (acronyms)?

Housebuilder fined over boy’s injuries

19 January 2012

A housebuilding company has been fined after an eight-year-old boy was seriously injured when some timber roof trusses fell onto him. Paisley Sheriff’s Court heard the boy was playing when he got into an unsecured storage area on a construction site in the town. The development was nearing completion and some of the houses had been sold off while work continued on others, and the young boy’s family had moved into one of the completed homes. Although the boy was rescued from under the roof trusses by neighbours, he suffered a serious injury to his liver and abdominal bleeding. The HSE found that the site was only partially fenced, which meant it could be easily accessed by members of the public.

Insurance cover advice issued

19 January 2012

New guidance explaining the steps small businesses and the voluntary sector need to take to satisfy prospective insurers they are managing health and safety effectively has been published by the Association of British Insurers.